What is Nidos? You will come across the name Nidos on a regular basis. Nidos is the guardian organization that has been appointed by the Dutch government to carry out the guardianship for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers. Youngsters such as you: youngsters under the age of eighteen, who have come to the Netherlands without their […]
With whom you have to deal?
In the Netherlands, you will be involved with various people and organizations. Below you will find more information about a number of important people and organizations. If you are missing some information or you have any questions, be sure to let us know!
Your guardian makes sure that you are given a lawyer. This is someone whom you can trust. He or she is on your side. Your lawyer conducts the asylum procedure on your behalf. You can contact your lawyer with questions about the asylum procedure. If you think that your lawyer does not believe you or […]
If you live in a COA reception centre, in a small accommodation unit [Kleine Woon Eenheid (KWE)] or a children’s accommodation unit [Kinder Woon Groep (KWG)], you will have a mentor. Your mentor works for the COA. Your mentor is someone whom you can talk to when you are lonely for instance, and he or […]
The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers [COA] arranges the care of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. If you are younger than 13 years, you will live with a foster family during the asylum procedure. If you are 13 years or older, you will go to a special COA reception centre for young […]
The Dutch Council for Refugees is an independent human rights organization and is aimed at representing the interests of asylum seekers. The Dutch Council for Refugees will give you information and an explanation about the asylum procedure. It will inform, advise and support you personally in going through this procedure and will mediate in the […]
The Immigration and Naturalisation service [IND] is a part of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. The employees of the IND conduct interviews with you about your identity, your nationality, the travel route that you took and the reason for leaving your country of birth. They will research your personal story and the situation […]
Repatriation and Departure Service [DT&V] is a part of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. If you do not receive a residence permit, the employees of DT&V will help you in arranging the return to your country of origin.
The abbreviation IOM stands for International Organization for Migration. The IOM is an independent organization which supports migrants on a worldwide basis. The IOM can help you if you wish to leave the Netherlands independently. It can provide you with practical information about the return and reintegration in your country of origin and support you […]